Career outlook for sport and exercise psychologist
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would study the mental and emotional effects of sport and exercise to help people reach their potential.
You would probably specialise in either sport or exercise, but you may work in both.
As a sports psychologist, you would work with everyone from amateurs to top professionals. You would help them with issues such as:
- Dealing with nerves
- Improving self-confidence
- Coping with training and competing
- Improving concentration
- Staying motivated
- Coping with injuries
- Controlling aggression
- Setting goals
You would work closely with people such as coaches, managers, nutritionists and physiotherapists.
As an exercise psychologist, you would find ways of getting the public to become more active and healthy.
- Work in cardiac rehabilitation or GP exercise referral schemes
- Promote the benefits of exercise by working with health promotion staff
- Study the reasons some groups of people are more active than others
In both sport and exercise psychology, you would usually combine consultancy work with teaching and research, or with work in other areas, such as clinical or occupational psychology.
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